We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyus Liu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyus, what inspires you?
It’s definitely gotta be listening to other artists’ music. Whenever I hear something that catches my ear I add it to my “inspirations” playlist on Spotify and keep it for later. Sometimes, if I really like a particular mix of a song, I will find a download of the song somewhere, download it, and use it as a reference track for my mixes. I also think it’s easy to be influenced by all things non-music as well. Anything you experience, see, or feel all contributes to what creative product you end up making, and I think part of this unpredictability is what keeps creativity in music interesting to me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I produce mainly what is known as lofi hip-hop, or chill beats. One thing that might separate me from others in the genre is that I used to make a lot of sample based lofi, which is the use of samples, chopping them up to create new melodies and adding percussive elements to create a new feel from an old sample. This background has lead to me to be very focused on getting the right groove and attentive to tiny details in a beat that make it stand out. Although I am somewhat new to composing my own melodies, I am excited to be able to put my mark on every aspect of my music. It feels more genuine, and it’s more gratifying to release self-composed songs. It definitely wasn’t easy to get to where I am today, but I would absolutely recognize the luck I have had. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had thus far, and am very excited for the future. The ‘tysu’ project just started out of the pure passion for making music, and I want people to know that that passion will never go away. Thanks for listening!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
You know… given the current situation of the pandemic, I would probably not want to go out at all. But, I suppose if we were to imagine a world post-pandemic, I would enjoy taking that friend to a local night market and enjoying the food and the nighttime atmosphere. Walks are also fun! We could go on a walk and chat. Since the quarantine started, I visited a drive-in movie theatre for the first time, so I would definitely recommend going to one of those. At the end of the day though, we would probably end up spending most of our time in my home studio making music, because that is always fun. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I really just want to give a shoutout to all of the friends that I have made in my musical journey. I have learned so much from them, and their support has been priceless throughout the years.